Nigerian Flying Eagles Through to Quarters
August 11, 2011 – Nigerian Flying Eagles Through to Quarters
A single goal scored seven minutes into the second half was enough to send Nigeria through to the quarter-finals of the under-20 World Cup ahead of England.
The English had qualified from the Group stage as one of the three best third-placed teams, failing to score in the process, but having the best defence of the tournament so far, having not conceded a goal either. That inability to score though, was to be their downfall.
The first half was a played slowly under humid conditions in the Colombian city of Armenia. England’s Matthew Philips and Callum McManaman had the best chances of the half, but failed to really trouble Dami Paul in the Nigerian goal. Nigeria’s best chance fell to Olanrewaju Kayode, but a good save by the England keeper denied him.
The second half started began furiously with some end-to-end action. Firstly, good movement between Ahmed Musa and Emmanuel Anyanwu set up the latter for a strike, only for his effort to go wide.
England’s best chance of the match fell to Matthew Phillips who hit a beautiful shot from outside the penalty area. However, ‘keeper Paul pulled up a world-class save to deny the Englander, and Nigeria punished Phillips immediately with what proved to be the lone goal of the match.
A lightning counter-attack down the left flank from Kayode, ended with a perfect cross to Egbedi who converted from close range.
The game thereafter settled into a pattern where neither team was in clear dominance. The Flying Eagles will play the winner of the France-Ecuador game on Sunday by Daily Times